Go team!

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, August 25, 2016

The days of 100-degree temperatures are behind us, students are either in or headed back to school and the lights will be on in stadiums around Suffolk tonight.

It’s high school football season, and fans in Suffolk can expect an exciting fall.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy will be defending its 2015 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state championship under the leadership of a new coach. The Saints lost a couple of key players to graduation this summer, but they have high hopes for a repeat of their 2015 success.

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NSA is at home tonight against Norfolk Christian. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Another new coach in Suffolk is Scottie Littles, who took the reins at King’s Fork High School. The 26-year-old Littles, who is in his first gig as a head coach, hopes to improve on his team’s 6-6 record from last year.

The Bulldogs take on Smithfield at 7 p.m. at home.

Over at Nansemond River High School, coach David Coccoli is hopeful for continued improvement from his Warriors. Having picked up five wins in 2014, the Warriors improved to 7-4 last year, starting the season on a powerful note with a 53-7 win over tonight’s opponent, Menchville.

Coccoli has encouraged his players to join him in forgetting about that game, though, and focusing their attention on the present. Both teams, he wisely observed, have probably gotten better.

Nansemond River’s game is also at home, starting at 7 p.m.

Lakeland picks up the season next week, and football will well and truly be in motion in Suffolk.

Go team!